A lot of the fun of having cocktails out, apart from the social atmosphere, is watching bartenders perform their magic tricks. But for all the elaborate liqueurs, tinctures and slight of hand that comes with professionally made cocktails, you can still create impressive drinks at home with only a handful of ingredients and a few easy tricks. Just mix a simple recipe with a great garnish and a fun rim and raise your glass for a toast. Cheers!
Even the simplest of drinks becomes more appealing with the addition of a garnish. Add a maraschino cherry and wedge of citrus for a professional looking beverage. Whether lemons, limes, oranges or pineapple, we like to garnish with an ingredient used in the drink. You can also garnish with a sprig of mint or basil but consider adding flavor along with appearance by also muddling the herb into the drink.
|Balalaikas with sugared rims|
|Creamy pumpkin martini w/cinnamon rim|
|Lemon and Basil Martini|
|Maple Leaf cocktail w/thyme|
The Sweet and the Sour
No matter what cocktail we're planning to make, a few staple ingredients are always in our fridge. A cute set of inexpensive glass bottles that we fit with pourers are always filled with freshly squeezed lemon juice, lime juice and simple syrup.
Place equal parts of water and sugar in a pot on the stove and bring to a gentle boil. Stir until the sugar completely dissolves. Turn off the heat and allow the liquid to cool. Store in the refrigerator.
|A "hand" of ginger|
For every 3 oz. of water and sugar, add 2 oz. each of lemon and lime juice to the pot. Bring to a boil on the stove, stir until the sugar has dissolved, cool and keep in the refrigerator.
Cocktails for a Crowd
|Rummy Pumpkin cocktail|
When we were making the batch we ran through our guest list and calculated who we thought would have one, who would have two and who we thought would take a couple of polite sips before switching to wine or sparkling cider. Boy, were we wrong! Let's just say that, next year, we're going to need a much bigger pitcher!
Stay tuned for part three and to see our complete list of our cocktail recipes to date, click on the A Cocktail Life tab at the top of the blog.
|A Cocktail Story Part 1|